Read "Church Musician" for "Cantor" and I think you get a sense of what liturgical church musicians are engaged in this week:
Words die of routine. The Cantor's task is to bring them to life. A Cantor is a person who knows the secret of the resurrection of the words. The art of giving life to the words of our liturgy requires not only the personal involvement of the Cantor but also the power contained in the piety of the ages. Our liturgy contains incomparably more than what our hearts are ready to feel. . . . There is a written and an unwritten liturgy. There is the liturgy but there is also an inner approach and response to it, a way of giving life to the words, a style in which the words become a personal and unique utterance.
Herschel, Abraham Johsua. The Insecurity of Freedom: Essays on Human Existence, p. 251
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